Grosses

'The Maze Runner' Nets $11.25 Million on Friday; 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' ($4.7M) Tops 'This Is Where I Leave You' ($3.91M)September 20, 2014 03:55 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Fox reports that The Maze Runner picked up an estimated $11.25 million on Friday, a very healthy jump from its modest $1.1 million Thursday night shows (included in Friday's gross). BoxOffice projects the latest young adult adaptation will net around $31 million this weekend--already nearly matching its $34 million production budget. By comparison, Maze's opening day was 14 percent ahead of Ender's Game ($9.8 million) and 51 percent behind Divergent ($22.8 million). Early word of mouth appears very healthy with an 82 percent Flixster score, on par with Divergent's 81 percent.

Liam Neeson's A Walk Among the Tombstones bagged $4.7 million on opening day--27.5 percent behind the $6.5 million first day of The Grey in January 2012, but also 87 percent stronger than Killing Them Softly's $2.5 million first day. Unfortunately, early word of mouth appears mixed with a 66 percent Flixster score. BoxOffice is projecting a solid $14 million weekend for the Universal release.

Warner Bros.' ensemble dramedy This Is Where I Leave You posted $3.91 million on Friday, 6 percent behind Trouble with the Curve's $4.2 million first day and 90 percent ahead of Admission's $2.05 million bow. The film's 70 percent Flixster score leaves a bit to be desired, although this isn't necessarily a film aimed toward the online crowd. As adult audiences are expected to turn out over the weekend, BoxOffice projects an $11.6 million opening frame.

Last week's top film, No Good Deed, sank an expected 67 percent from opening day to $2.95 million. With $32.9 million in the bank through 8 days of release, the Sony thriller has performed ahead of pre-release expectations as it leads the pace of The Call by 32 percent. BoxOffice projects a $9.6 million second weekend.

Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the top five as it slipped 50 percent from last week's opening day gross to $2.14 million on Friday. By comparison, the first flick eased 32 percent from its first-to-second Friday. The family-friendly sequel has tallied $20.2 million in its first 8 days, 24.5 percent off the pace of its 2011 predecessor. BoxOffice projects an $8.0 million sophomore frame.

Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy was off 35 percent from last Friday to $1.38 million yesterday. The year's top grosser so far is projected to bring in another $5.3 million for the weekend as a whole. With $309.9 million in the bank through Friday, its 50th day of release, Guardians stands 2.6 percent ahead of the pace the original Iron Man.

On the expansion front, The Drop took in $645,000 yesterday as it expanded into 1,192 theaters (up from 809 last week). Yesterday's haul was down 56 percent from opening day. To date, the film has grossed $6.3 million. BoxOffice projects $2.1 million for the current frame.

Unfortunately, no Friday estimates were made available for Kevin Smith's Tusk at the time of publication. The film opened in 602 theaters this weekend.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$32,920,000-11%4,1000$8,029$222,620,8143Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$30,688,000--3,010--$10,195$64,008,2651Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$28,027,000--2,814--$9,960$67,465,4251Universal
4Parental Guidance$14,800,000--3,367--$4,396$29,588,6921Fox
5Jack Reacher$14,010,000-8%3,3520$4,180$44,563,1582Paramount
6This is 40$13,186,00014%2,9141$4,525$37,116,2902Universal
7Lincoln$7,509,00036%1,966-327$3,819$132,038,7978Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$6,700,00027%2,4310$2,756$21,110,3562Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$6,363,00033%2,6180$2,430$18,489,4642Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$4,900,000-15%2,055-976$2,384$90,147,1306Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$4,600,000-5%1,637-728$2,810$289,627,3788Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$3,825,000-5%1,178-572$3,247$84,695,1846Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,450,000-7%1,191-809$2,057$286,129,7767Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,110,000131%745374$5,517$27,360,7227Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,400,00011%8400$2,857$7,426,6612Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$2,005,00010%913-531$2,196$175,655,1199Disney
4Argo$1,075,00019%345-105$3,116$108,497,11112Warner Bros.
5Anna Karenina (2012)$526,659-21%218-113$2,416$10,706,7357Focus
6Flight$460,000-32%400-342$1,150$91,894,7579Paramount
7Hitchcock$400,000-31%349-186$1,146$5,006,9346Fox Searchlight
8Red Dawn (2012)$391,000-51%425-586$920$43,393,5166FilmDistrict
9Taken 2$271,00032%232-43$1,168$138,925,36713Fox
10Pitch Perfect$158,00021%183-31$863$64,403,28314Universal
11Playing For Keeps (2012)$125,000-71%268-583$466$12,687,6304FilmDistrict
12End of Watch$92,00027%162-10$568$40,754,60315Open Road
13The Perks of Being A Wallflower$87,50013%125-16$700$17,306,34115Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$429,41911%84-2$5,112$1,737,7214Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$315,000-24%50$63,000$1,367,5712Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$190,150--25--$7,606$190,1501Focus
4The Impossible$184,50028%150$12,300$484,8472Lionsgate / Summit
5Rust and Bone$121,434-4%26-1$4,671$594,4576Sony Pictures Classics
6Amour$60,016-12%30$20,005$217,7912Sony Pictures Classics
7Not Fade Away$56,000192%1916$2,947$97,0122Paramount Vantage
8Chasing Ice$47,967--40--$1,199$780,1388Submarine Deluxe
9Sinister$40,00042%82-11$488$48,056,78412Lionsgate / Summit
10Alex Cross$37,00036%77-17$481$25,863,97011Lionsgate / Summit
11Searching For Sugar Man$29,86790%283$1,067$3,007,34123Sony Pictures Classics
12Holy Motors$24,177--14--$1,727$511,23111Indomina Releasing
13Paranormal Activity 4$21,00073%500$420$53,885,06911Paramount
14The Other Son$20,704--17--$1,218$1,160,00610Cohen Media Group
15West of Memphis$13,856--5--$2,771$22,8521Sony Pictures Classics
16ParaNorman$9,49377%22-2$432$55,995,17020Focus